Major Link Soccer: Nigeria Coach on Martins, Beckham Back In The Game

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Will David Beckham play for the same team he owns?

Seattle

The one and only Dave Clark is back in the house for the latest episode of Seattle Soccer Talk, this week hosted by KJR's Dick Fain. Also on this week are Lamar Neagle and James Woollard. Even if you don't know that second name, you'll almost certainly know his voice. By the way Mr. Fain, keep needling Mitch about getting the Sounders in the show's rotation!

Alan Hinton took a giant, sharply curved stick to last week's Power Rankings and totally shuffled up the order of the top five. Seattle is number one now, followed by the Whitecaps, Salt Lake, New England, and Toronto.

Many Sounders fans were unselfishly hoping a month or two ago that Obafemi Martins would end up a part of Nigeria's roster for the rapidly approaching World Cup in Brazil. Oba was left off of the roster, causing him to call the rest of the Sounders Season "my World Cup". Nigeria failed to score in a friendly yesterday, prompting questions about players they could have brought with them. On Martins' status, coach Stephen Keshi only said that playing in MLS wasn't a problem. He then went on to say that Bright Dike would have been with the squad were it not for the Achilles injury he sustained in February.

So according to Keshi, Dike > Martins.

Who knows if Oba even cares anymore. He sent out this tweet last night:

MLS

We've already talked a lot about the Portland Timbers this year, but Stumptown Footy has been providing great content for their current predicament. One looks at the hole that remains to be dug out of, and the other is about Caleb Porter's recent treatment of the Portland media.

Another team looking down at the abyss, FC Dallas is in the midst of an eight game winless streak. When it goes that long, it is easy to wonder if the team will ever win again. This is after bringing in a new coach and some players of decently high profile.

Considering their own coaching change, it is somewhat surprising to see the Colorado Rapids playing as well as they are. Another tweak or two, and they could be right there in the running for MLS Cup. Burgundy Wave looks at some options.

David Beckham, perhaps spurred on by the competition he is facing in trying to bring MLS to Miami, is feeling the itch to get back on the pitch.

"There's never been a player-owner, but maybe"

That goes against what Miami officials have asked of him, to "take a breather" on his rabid quest to get a stadium built on the waterfront. It's like he's pressuring them with these promises of free parks and stadium paid for without public subsidy.

Dax McCarty will miss a few weeks to have surgery on his knee. Lucky for the New York Red Bulls, it comes at a time where they're about ready to twiddle their thumbs until July.

Orlando City joins MLS in 2015. It has been previously rumored that the current Orlando City USL team would move to Louisville and become Orlando's USL affiliate, and those rumors got more traction with today's SBI report.

Juanfran Torres, in town with the Spanish National Team, had positive things to say about MLS and the David Villa signing.

"It's a country where football is growing more all the time. David Villa moving here is a good example and the league here is becoming more attractive to Spanish players."

Speaking of Villa, the player and his new club have lofty goals. He wasn't able to be in New York for the announcement(and it appears that NYCFC ticket sales need a kick in the pants ASAP) but will be in the Big Apple after Spain's run is over. If all the rumors are true, the roster should be the envy of much of the league.

World Cup

Now that the final rosters are released, the squads of each country can be compared to each other correctly. Matchstory allows readers to compare different teams using a number of different metrics, including Most Caps, Youngest Player, and number of Serie A players involved. One potentially encouraging note for US supporters: Ghana's team has the youngest average age at about 25 an a half years old.

Take a look at all the work Ian Darke will do to prepare for and keep up with the world's biggest sporting event.

Add Bill Clinton's name to the list of people who smashed something when they heard Qatar had been awarded the 2022 World Cup. Perhaps a certain former president is the true bribe whistle-blower?

World

Before this weekend, Palestine had never qualified for the Asian Cup. Now, they'll take part after getting through the AFC Challenge Cup without conceding a single goal. One of the players on that squad was Ottawa Fury FC defender Omar Jarun.

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